Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

Budget Wrap-Ups

  Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County governments have completed their deliberations and adopted budgets for FY2018. This was a particularly challenging year for all jurisdictions, as they experienced pressures from growing school populations and requests for additional metro funding to maintain the viability of the regional transit system. In addition, the City of Alexandria received

Fairfax Co Begins Community Engagement for Housing

  Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is ready to take their presentation for the community-wide Housing Strategic Plan on the road. As we reported last fall, this effort is meant to align with the County’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success adopted in 2015. The first community-wide meeting will be held

Union on Queen

Union on Queen is a new mixed-income, multifamily community of 193 apartment residences located in Arlington and developed by The Bozzuto Group and Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Forty percent (78 units) are designated as affordable for households earning 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. The remaining 115 units are market rate apartments.

New Developments in our Region

The ultimate measure of the impact of our work is an increasing percentage of new or preserved residential units that are affordable for low and moderate income families in Northern Virginia. Our mission promotes successful, diverse, resilient communities through public awareness and advocacy for strong policies that result in housing opportunities for households of all

Upending the Power Structure

It is an axiom of community planning that neighborhood homeowner associations wield considerable influence over development decisions in their communities. These households have a significant financial investment in the community, and their real estate taxes are the largest source of revenue for local governments. As a result, homeowners believe – rightly or wrongly – that

Ending Homelessness – We Know How

This is the time of year when area jurisdictions begin to release the results of their Point-in-Time surveys. These surveys are a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. This annual count is a HUD requirement for Continuums of Care to identify homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency

State of Affordable Housing 2017

State of Affordable Housing 2017Federal Upheaval…Local Consequences Congress and the President are considering some of the most substantial changes in federal support for affordable housing in decades—massive cuts to CDBG, HOME and other HUD programs, as well as tax reform that could fundamentally change the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Join the Alliance for Housing

Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program

The City of Alexandria invites the public to provide feedback on a proposed amendment to the city’s bonus density program. Plan to attend an information and listening session on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (Seniors Room), 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.   The Bonus

FY18 Budgets Constrained

In the next two weeks, local governments will unveil their draft Fiscal Year 2018 budgets, and the word CONSTRAINED can aptly be applied to all of them. A common set of challenges face many of our local jurisdictions including: Robust growth in school populations and the need for new school construction; Persistently stubborn high vacancy

NoVA on $32,000 a Year

Housing costs are extremely high in our area, and the abundant supply of older, affordable rental units built in the ’40s and ’50s has almost disappeared from our landscape as thousands of units have been renovated and converted to higher rents, or demolished and replaced with new luxury units. No where is this more evident